Khas Research on Energy Preferences of Turkish Population Findings Announced

The findings of the “Research on Energy Preferences of Turkish Population” conducted by Kadir Has University Center for Energy and Sustainable Development (CESD) were released on 9 February, 2017 at a press meeting in the Cibali Campus where CESD Director Prof. Volkan Ediger and project conductors Assoc. Prof. Meltem Ucal, Assoc. Prof. Çiğdem Kentmen, Asst. Prof. Gökhan Kirkil and Asst. Prof. Emre Çelebi were present.

“Research on Energy Preferences of Turkish Population” was conducted between 12-27 November 2016 with a sample of 204 participants over the age of 18 who live in 16 cities representative of Turkey’s population, by face-to-face surveys including questions on energy consumption.

The Center for Energy and Sustainable Development was established within Kadir Has University last year for experts from various disciplines to conduct inter-disciplinary education and research activities on energy issues at the local, regional and global level, and sharing the resulting information with the public to contribute to society’s development. The first research conducted by the Center revealed a lot of data regarding the energy consumption in Turkey.

Energy dependency and costliness are the greatest challenges, however energy policies do not influence voting tendencies

The question “What is the most significant problem of Turkey’s energy system?” was replied as “dependency on imported energy” by 38,6% of the participants. Energy being costly came to the fore as the second most significant problem of Turkey’s energy system with 30,8%. The most significant environmental problem stemming from energy was noted as air pollution with 41%. Human health came out as second with 20%, while climate change was observed as the third most significant environmental problem related with energy with 17%. Additionally, 78% of participants replied positively to the question “Do you believe in global climate change?”

The most prominent finding of the survey in terms of politics is that participants comment that they have “no information about” the energy policies of the parties they vote for and they express that they ignore their parties’ energy policies in elections. While the participants of the survey find the government the most successful, in terms of energy policies, topics such as ‘oil and natural gas pipelines’, ‘natural gas supply’ and ‘electricity production-transmission-distribution’; ‘energy prices’ is by far at the top of the issues the government is regarded unsuccessful in.